Last year's Los Angeles Auto Show saw Jeep reveal the new-generation JL Wrangler. Lighter and more high-tech than its predecessor, the all-new Wrangler keeps the 4x4 tradition alive albeit more modern and capable than ever.
For 2018, Jeep will once again be at the annual auto show only this time they have something a bit different. After being spotted by our spies on last May 2017, Jeep is set to officially reveal the Wrangler pickup. Rumored to be called the Gladiator, the upcoming ute will be Jeep's foray into the pickup truck segment and is touted to go up against the likes of the Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado.
First seen by our spy photograhpers back in 2016, it looks like the so-called Gladiator will be based off the five-door Unlimited body style. Despite the heavy camouflage, the soon-to-be-revealed pickup truck appears to have similar styling as its SUV brethren. It has a more rakish windshield, as well as a longer wheelbase for better cabin space and bed size.
What makes the pickup different from the Wrangler however, is its unique front grill. Unlike the Wrangler's signature seven-slat grill, the Gladiator could get a dual-style design with huge vertical slats on either side. It may also get different fenders to make it stand out more from other pickup trucks.
Exact engine choices for the Gladiator are still a mystery. However, we won't be surprised if the pickup will also come with the same powertrain options as the Wrangler. First up is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that puts out 290 PS and 353 Nm of torque. Next is the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline inline-four which doles out 264 PS and 400 Nm of torque. Finally, there's the new 2.2-liter turbo-diesel that musters 200 PS and 450 Nm of torque.
The V6 is available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Meanwhile, the turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines can only be mated to the automatic transmission. Other than that, a hybrid version could also be available at a later date as Jeep has already announced a plug-in hybrid powertrain being developed for the Wrangler.
The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be open to the public from December 1 to December 10.